Ethica Health for Android requests a series of permissions during installation. Here we describe what each of these permissions is and why Ethica needs them:
- Location: Some studies need to record the location of the participants during the study, using GPS. Ethica asks permission to access GPS, so for the studies that require monitoring location, it can collect the required data. You can always see the GPS data collected from your device on your online account, and delete them if you don't like it to be recorded.
- Photos/Media/Files: While you are participating in a study, Ethica periodically collects the data requested by that study, and after encrypting them, stores them on the disk so it can be uploaded in the future. In order to do so, Ethica requests to have access to your SD card (if you have any) to store the collected data.
Ethica does not have access to your photos or media files, and no study can request accessing your personal media files.
- Microphone: Most of the studies have some surveys which they ask you at different times. Some of these surveys include questions where you have to record your response as an audio. In order to be able to record your response to these audio questions, Ethica needs to have access to your microphone.
- Wi-Fi connection information: This data is used to better estimate your location when you are inside buildings or in densely constructed buildings. Ethica also uses information from your Wi-Fi connectivity to optimize its GPS readings, and increase your battery lifetime.
Having access to Wi-Fi does not mean Ethica can have access to what data is being transmitted over Wi-Fi. It only means Ethica can have access what wireless network your device is connected to, and what other networks are in proximity.
- Bluetooth connection information: Similar to GPS, Wi-Fi, and other built-in sensors, when a study requests collecting Bluetooth data from participants, Ethica uses this permission to collect the requested data. The data collected by Ethica here is very similar to the list you see when you scan for other Bluetooth devices in proximity using your device.
Having access to Bluetooth does not mean Ethica can have access to the data being transmitted between your device and other Bluetooth devices around. It only can scan and see what other devices are in proximity of your device.